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Old 12-03-2013, 07:32 PM   #11
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... copied from Jayco's site: INTERNET CERTIFIED JAYCO DEALER

Jayco and your Internet Certified Jayco dealer are dedicated to making your online shopping experience both satisfying and useful. You can expect quick, friendly answers to your questions and a timely response to your requests for a Quote. As part of being an Internet Certified Jayco Dealer, a dealer must be approved by Jayco as:
•A professional and ethical Internet consultant
•An expert in product knowledge to meet your online expectations
•Friendly and flexible with its sales process to help meet your needs
•Able to respond via e-mail to your inquiry within 24 hours
•Willing to abide by Jayco’s online sales policies and guidelines

The only references are to sales, which, not surprisingly, is a high priority to Jayco. IMO, service is only an issue if it affects sales. I agree with tnchuck100's real world scenario. A high volume dealer can probably get away with some service shenanigans that a lower volume dealer couldn't. It's $$$ vs Customer Service - and the winner is ...
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #12
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I gave my closest dealer a chance to quote on the unit I wanted. Even with [Ha Ha] a $6k trade in on my old TT, he was only
$1k less than the dealer in Middlebury In near the factory. I sold my TT for $5k so came out $4k ahead less about $300 for the trip to pick up the new one. The closest dealer is still almost 2 hours from my home, so it wasn't like he was in my back yard.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:27 PM   #13
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We bought our Jayco from a dealer 400 miles from home - it was a new previous year model that we liked at an attractive price. I contacted the closest dealer for some warranty work this spring. No problem except he charges $250 flt rate to the customer for any warranty work if the unit was not purchased from him. Pass. I went to another dealer and he did the work under warranty with no additional charge.

I notified Jayco of my experience.
What did Jayco say?
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:56 AM   #14
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Jayco did call me. hey said that they do not approve of that approach but cannot do anything directly about it since the dealers are each an independent business and are not in a franchise type of operation. The lady siad they would be talking with that dealer. If have not heard anything since. I certainly have not recontacted that dealer nor will I ever.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:29 PM   #15
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I bought from a Jayco Internet Certified Dealer 6 hours from my home and got just what they stated. Maybe the RV industry is finally growing up...sorta like the auto industry.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:40 AM   #16
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Where do you get your facts? It is my understanding that Jayco dealers must honor warrantees on any and all Jayco products not just the ones that they sold. You may not get priority on their service schedule, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be a Jayco dealer very long if they turned away owners who bought elsewhere.
your understanding is incorrect. A dealer in the rv industry is independent, notice the sign on the dealers business, it doesn't say Jayco. Dealers sell brands and service what they sell although most will help a traveler and most will do warranty work when the work load allows. But understand that the RV industry has mostly recovered and dealers are swamped working on what they have already sold.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:20 AM   #17
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In my opinion and experience picking an RV dealer is more important than picking a brand. A local dealer thats been in business for a long time with an established customer base understands that the future success of his business comes from those repeat customers. RV 'S warranties are complex they come in the form of a book. The axle, tires, refrigerator, heater, and various components have seperate warranties with the OEM only picking up the set cost of labor to replace. There is no way for a dealer to pick up the cost of diagnosis of any issue, they get paid once the problem is correctly identified and the proper warranty claims are made to the various intities. In short, they see this as losing money and potentially losing a long term customer whos waiting for a repair.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #18
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Wow.. just.. wow.

I am truly sorry for the bad service *some* of the dealers/repair shops have given. I kinda take it personally. I can only tell you how our dealership runs.

We take our internet certified tag seriously. We go to classes, and earned it. We wear it with pride

We are small (9 employees). Been in the RV business for 30 years. Owner went Jayco only 2 years ago and could not be happier. Dave (owner) pushes "no pressure sales". This means, you call or stop by, we give info, go out of our way to make sure you have a good experience, but don't hound with "so, are you ready to buy???"

We schedule repairs on a first come-first served basis. Who gets parts is the same, we just don't have enough space to house every part for every camper. We also work on any camper, does not matter what manufacturer. Any warranty work is scheduled the same way, first come, first serve. Jayco is a Jayco. We don't care where you buy it, but we will service it, with no "since you did not buy it from us" fee.

Please keep in mind, that if parts are needed from Jayco, it can take up to 90 days to receive. Parts is my world, and believe me, I get just as frustrated with Jayco as you do. I just shipped Jayco parts to Arizona because the RV owner was told that since he did not purchase the rig from that Jayco dealer, he would not sell him Jayco parts.

I guess after my rant, we are all independent. Sales is what drives the RV world, but customer service is what keeps you coming back. We strive for the after the sale experience. I guess that is why I am on the Jayco forums. Just another way to help anyone that needs it, and make our company better.

I'll get off my soapbox now.

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Old 12-05-2013, 09:22 AM   #19
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I had a similar experience with a local Jayco dealer in Washington State. The sales person at the local dealer stated that they would not service non-customer's rigs. I chose not to purchase from them and purchased from another Jayco dealer that was 70 miles away. Is it a hassle? Yes especially since my new rig has been in the shop so much. Funny thing I got a email from the local dealer. I replied and told them exactly why I didn't purchase the rig from them. He was shocked. That is not their policy however sales people sometimes use it as an unauthorized technique thinking that they are able to pressure the purchaser in to paying more to buy from them. I told him that was a stupid idea and actually drove me away from them. I'm not in a used car lot and will not be pressured into a snap decision. Nor will I pay $5k more than market for a new rig just because they are closer to my house. The thing these dealers need to understand is the first place I am going to look to purchase a new setup would be the place that is servicing my unit. I'm already there seeing the shiny new rigs! Driving customers away by these idiotic policies only hurts them in the long run. If they want sales they need to service anyone. Now I understand if there is a person who has an urgent matter and they are going on vacation and you have a lot full of non-customer rigs you may jump queue so that the urgent matter is handled. Similarly, if there is a service issue the selling dealer has more invested in the situation and may be willing to go farther to work with Jayco to get certain things handled that a non-selling dealer would do.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:16 PM   #20
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My dealer told me this was in fact the case for his service department. He would work on your rig, but only when he got done with his customers' rigs. Could be months in some cases before he got to a non-customer rig. I bought from him because his service department has a good reputation compared to others in my area.
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